Wednesday, April 26, 2017

We've Got a Bicycle!

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. - Mark 11:24

Today's post is a sweet reminder from the late Dr. Robert A. Cook via "Walk with the King."  It's only a few minutes long:

In the top left, for broadcast number, type in 6377 and then enter or go.

Now, press the Pause/Play arrow at the top right, and not only will this bicycle photo now make sense (LOL), but your faith will be encouraged and refreshed by the wisdom of God's Word!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

He is risen indeed!

Here's a video we saw in church today:

We adorn the cross every Resurrection Celebration Day.

It starts out ugly...a wooden cross covered in chicken wire.  As the pastor said, the Cross IS offensive, because it reminds us that we can't do it on our own.

We're then invited to bring our flowers and each one represents something in our lives that seems empty, hopeless or dead, and to come in hope, and surrender that to Jesus.

Here are my flowers, the cross being adorned, and the final result.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

It Is Finished!!!

The Law was given by Moses.
Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

The Law says—This do, and thou shalt live.
Grace says—Live, and then thou shalt do.

The Law says—Pay me that thou owest.
Grace says—I frankly forgive thee all.

The Law says—The wages of sin is death.
GRACE says—The gift of God is eternal life.

The Law says—The soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Grace says—Whosoever believeth in Jesus, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in Him shall never die.

The Law pronounces—Condemnation and death.
Grace proclaims—Justification and life.

The Law says—Make you a new heart and a new spirit.
Grace says—A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.

The Law says—Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

Grace says—Blessed is the man whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sin is covered; blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute iniquity.

The Law says—Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.

Grace says—Herein is love: not that we love God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

The Law speaks of what man must do for God.
Grace tells of what Christ has done for man.

The Law addresses man as part of the old creation.
Grace makes a man a member of the new creation.

The Law bears on a nature prone to disobedience.
Grace creates a nature inclined to obedience.

The Law demands obedience by the terror of the Lord.
Grace beseeches men by the mercies of God.

The Law demands holiness.
Grace gives holiness.

The Law says—Condemn him.
Grace says—Embrace him.

The Law speaks of priestly sacrifices offered year by year continually, which could never make the comers thereunto perfect.

Grace says—But this Man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever . . . by one offering hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.

The Law declares—That as many as have sinned in the Law, shall be judged by the Law.

Grace brings eternal peace to the troubled soul of every child of God, and proclaims God’s salvation in defiance of the accusations of the adversary. “He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment (condemnation), but is passed from death unto life.”

“Whence to me this tranquil spirit—
Me all sinful as I am?
Is it thus descends the merit
Of the sin-atoning Lamb?

Grace, all power to deliver,
Gift of a Creative Giver,
Like a full, refreshing river,
Ever flowing.

Over all my course of sinning
Spread its waters without bound,
Cleansing, fertilizing, winning
For the Lord the barren ground.

Lavish from the heavenly treasure,
Fountains of a Father’s pleasure,
All the marks of human measure

Not my virtue or repenting
Earned the precious boon for me.
Thine, my Saviour, the relenting,
Thine the pangs which set me free—
Gift of grace beyond all knowing,
From the heart of Jesus flowing,
Ever flowing, overflowing,
Flowing freely.”

Taken from “Sovereign Grace” By D. L. Moody

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Resurrection and the Bride

What do Passover, the death of Jesus on the cross, and the bodily Resurrection of Jesus have to do with weddings?  Well, in context of the precious holiday that we who love Him celebrate this weekend, everything!

Not only was what is often referred to as "The Last Supper" a Passover Seder, but also a beautiful revelation of ancient Jewish wedding customs:

When I was in my starry-eyed 20's I wrote the following poem/prayer for my future husband, a very normal and Biblical heart's cry and desire for something that, though as yet unfulfilled, I realize is really a mere shadow of a longing that is so much greater.  Maranatha.  Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Are you thinking of me right now, my love?

Do you hold my phantom form close to your heart at night, aware of the bittersweet ache of being only half of something more; of longing to praise God as Echad, and yet being alone in your finiteness?

Are you whole in Jesus, like me, and yet acutely aware of the dull pain over your heart, where your rib has been removed?  It’s a little like that for me too, you know, only I am missing the whole ribcage, so my heart feels vulnerable and exposed.  I need to fit somewhere - I know that I do; but for now, I am forced to stand alone.

What is your name?  Is your laugh hearty, filled with the joy of living that Jesus brings?  Do you smile when you think of me, not even knowing my name, yet knowing who I am?

I pray for you every day - that God will keep you strong and encourage and uphold you as you walk with Him in every way.  Sometimes I can almost see you, and your gentleness touches my heart.  I know when we finally meet, I’ll recognize you by our joy!  I’d know your smile anywhere - even if I’ve never seen your face.
I pray that Jesus will enable me to be the woman that you need - a delight to you and an honor to your name.
Sometimes in my dreams of you, I am nursing our first child, and the look of tenderness that crosses your face when you see “your little treasures from God” stirs my soul.

Truly, Abba has blessed us, and our love is a prayer of thanksgiving and a testimony to those we minister to.
Oh, Father in Heaven, You who sent your Son to become flesh to atone for our sin and Who is acquainted with all our ways, please hear the prayer of these two hearts, and may we serve You, as one, all of our days.

Are you thinking of me right now, my love?

Friday, April 7, 2017

Lord, Send Revival

Soooo...about the revival that is quietly and steadily spreading in my hometown and elsewhere...a few observations of what I've consistently seen, and they definitely fit the Biblical pattern, as well as the historical pattern behind every TRUE revival in the world, dating all the ways back to Ezra!

1. The reading and believing of the Bible. The Word of God must have the preeminence. As we've been reading the Word, going back to the Word, the Holy Spirit uses the Word to bring conviction. Which leads to...

2. Repentance. "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, then I will hear from Heaven, and forgive them, and heal their land." Repentance begins individually, then corporately, and like Daniel in chapter 9, we find ourselves taking on the role of intercessor, as kings and priests unto our God, confessing not only our own individual sins that the Holy Spirit convicts us of, but national sins. Abortion. Pride. Indifference. Willful stubbornness. Elitism. Love of place and rank. Disunity, rivalry and jealousy amongst born again Believers, washed in the Blood of Jesus. Indolence...not loving His Word. Prayerlessness. Powerlessness and trying to live the Christian life in our own strength. Unbelief. Cynicism. Bitterness. Snobbery. And...ANTI-SEMITISM. Which leads to the next point...

3. There has NEVER been a genuine revival that was not preceded by a return to the love of Biblical prophecy, and in that, the love of the Jewish people and support of and prayer for national Israel. Genesis 12:3 is crucial.

I'm so convinced of our loving Heavenly Father's veracity and utter faithfulness to His inerrant and inviolable Word that I truly believe that if even ONE man or woman begin to cry out to the Lord for and walk IN these 3 points, by the power of the Holy Spirit, revival will follow.

Our Father is not willing that ANY should perish, and we are living in the last minutes of the last days before the return of Jesus...thrilling times!!!

I was going to add to this list the 4th point of unity on the essentials, but upon prayerful observation of what's happening here in my county, it really seems that unity amongst the true brethren is a RESULT of the revival, and not it's prerequisite as I'd originally thought.

Lastly, and possibly the most important thing of all is walking in the spirit of adoption or sonship (Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 8:21ff, etc).

This seems to be both the beginning of personal (and corporate) revival AND the increasing result of it.

Ultimately, what God really wants is for us to just know Him! Imagine if your own children only wanted to be with you out of duty, unhealthy fear, or obligation. What if they didn't really trust you or believe that you love them...just because they're YOURS, and that they don't need to be busy bees, trying to earn your love and fearing that they'll lose it?
It would break your heart!

And isn't that what we do with Abba Father? Do we even dare to call Him that?

The Gospel must be preached...starting IN the church!

I've seen corporately, and experienced personally, that as we become truly at Home in Father's unconditional, matchless love, and know that we're sons, not slaves...the other points (reading the Word, repentance, loving Israel) are so much easier.

And out of this comes the genuine unity in the Holy Spirit...I mean, when you really get it that He loves you simply because He loves you, because He loves you, because He just does, because that's who He IS...there's really no need or room for rivalry!

And we can never be reminded enough that Jesus loves us.

"But there are seasons in our lives when we don't feel very lovable. When we feel too unworthy or broken to even know how to be loved. But the beautiful thing is, God never stops loving us. And He shows that love relentlessly — through His Word, His people, and most of all, through Jesus."

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Servant's Heart

The Best Title to Have - by Pastor Ray Bentley

Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, and I am pleased with Him. I have put my Spirit upon Him. He will reveal justice to the nations. He will be gentle—He will not shout or raise his voice in public. He will not crush those who are weak or quench the smallest hope. He will bring full justice to all who have been wronged. He will not stop until truth and righteousness prevail throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for His instruction. Isaiah 42:1

Jesus was given many titles. Savior, King, Prince of Peace, Christ the Lord, Son of God. But perhaps the title He bore most graciously is “servant.” Jesus came to save humanity by becoming a servant. He teaches us that to serve another is to truly see that person as someone made in the image of God, someone precious to God.

To serve other people is to honor them, respect them, and love them.

Isaiah prophesied that God’s greatest servant, His own Son, would “not crush those who are weak or quench the smallest hope.” He would care about those who have been wronged, and He would come as servant, strengthened by His Father.

There are many ways to impart truth. From a position of ego, and pride which trumpets our knowledge and crushes the less knowledgeable. Or we can speak “the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), and give our time with the heart of a servant.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Fields of Grace: A Biblical Response to Feminism

And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace...
Ruth 2:2

...and she obtained grace and favour in his sight...[literally, "she lifted up grace before his face"]
Esther 2:17

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour [grace] with God.
Luke 1:30

A gracious woman retaineth honour...
Proverbs 11:16

We are never more powerful and Biblically feminine than when we are gracious.

In a world that is increasingly lawless, loveless and lifeless, when we live so very near the Cross, we cannot help but be, by grace, what the Lord declares us to be: "the fragrance of Christ."

The fields are "white unto harvest," and Jesus is the "Lord of the Harvest," so by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, let us sow seeds and water them with true grace.

And we are partakers of the eternally overflowing river of the full grace of Jesus.
John 1:16 [free translation]